Weather Service Open House Two Weeks Away
The week before last, the local National Weather Service (NWS) Forecast Office in Sterling, Va. moved to new digs just down the road from its old location. The office was forced to re-locate due to the construction of a new runway at Dulles Airport only 200 yards from the old building and within the runway safety zone. The new facility, constructed by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, will open its doors to the public the weekend of October 18 and 19, with a host of activities.
These activities include:
- Demonstrations for kids
- Weather balloon launches every hour
- NWS "Spotter" training classes
- Office tours
- Tours of a NOAA wind tunnel & environmental extreme chamber
- Presentations from the office's meteorologists about careers in meteorology, forecasting, winter weather, tropical meteorology and severe weather, and more
The open house will also feature a new office dedication ceremony with government officials and leadership from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
More information about the open house is available on the NWS Web site where you can also RSVP to attend and register for spotter classes. You can read more about the new facility itself in NWS's "Sterling Reporter" newsletter.
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